2022 Free Online Class Syllabus

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All zoom classes are free and open to anyone who wishes to attend. However, at the end of the lecture and receive a certificate of completion you must 1) sign up a head of time 2) watch all perveance lechers and 3) complete all assignments up to that date. Lechers will be recorded and posted so someone can catch up. We want to foster real understanding of bee biology so keep-up, so you don’t miss out.

There is a 10-dollar fee for the certificate of completion

The HarBee Beginner Beekeeping class will take place over the course of your first year of beekeeping. Lecture and “classroom” instruction will be over zoom on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm, rather than being in class for long hours 2 days in a row. While lechers are free field days cost 65 dollar per person. The first-class lector will be February 3th. Zoom.

HarBee’s beginner beekeeping course will leave you with the tools to make informed decisions about the health of your honey bee colony and make you think like a beekeeper. Short assignments (10minutes) and a final exam (30 minutes) will enforce the principles in the also 18 hours’ worth of instruction. Each assignment is necessary to be able to ask your questions freely during the next lecture.

You will be given access to a closed Facebook group to ask questions to instructor Pat Harrison and others. CHICK HERE FOR LINK TO THAT PAGE

Instruction will be primarily by Patrick Harrison with guess instructors on field days select lectors. Pat Harrison has been beekeeper for 6 years and currently manages 150 colonies of bees across the northern park of New Jersey. While getting a degree in environmental science from Ramapo College Patrick founded HarBee Beekeeping a beekeeping service company.

Field Days will take the HarBee Farm in Newton NJ. Address: 408 US-206, Newton, NJ 07860.


All readings are refiring to pages within the text Keeping Honey Bees Second Edition, by Malcolm T. Sanford & Richard E Bonney

Field Days

Field day #1 Pick one of two dates
• April 16th (rain date 17th)
• April 23rd (rain date 24th)

Nucs for students that pre-ordered cost $190
Goals of understanding:
• How to install the nucs into the hive
• What the next couple week will look like and honey a honeybee colony builds up.
• Student will understand how to identify egg, larva, capped brood, honey, and pollen
• How to start a smoker

Field day #2 Pick one of two dates
Saturday June 11th (rain date June 12th)
• Saturday June 18th (rain date July 19th)

Goals of understanding:
• How to Honey harvest
• Formic treatment
• Students will perform a mite wash, treat a hive with formic
• Inspect a nuc that is building up well
• A demonstration of making a mating nuc

Field day #3 pick one of two dates
• Saturday August 13th (rain date August 14th)
• Saturday August 20th (rain date August 21st)

Goals of understanding:
• Understand how to Honey harvests
• getting the bees ready for winter
• Fall requeening. Students will requeen a hive,
• Feed a hive
• Treat a hive with Apivar

Class #1 February 3rd (CLICK HERE for Zoom Link)
Basic Honey Bee Biology
• Honeybee lifecycle
• Who is in the hive?
o Understand the basic roles of each bee in a beehive
Reading #1 pages 31-51

Class #2 February 10th (CLICK HERE for Zoom link)
• The season life cycle of the honeybee
• Swarming biology
Assignment #1

Class #3: February 17th (CLICK HERE for Zoom Link)
• NJ bee regulation
o This will outline what someone will have to do and build to be a good beekeeping neighbor (Keeping bees in populated areas)
• Equipment – What a person will need to keep bees
Reading #2 pages 53-57, 65-77
Assignment #3

Class #4: February 24th (Click HERE for Zoom Link)
• Bee diseases and what to do when you see something.
• Mite treatments and timing them with the year
Assignment #2
Reading #3 pages 159, 172-186

Class #5: March 3rd (Click HERE for Zoom Link)
• What are you looking for in your bees the first couple weeks having your bees? What are they doing and what they should be doing?
Assignment #4

Class #6: March 10th (Click HERE for Zoom Link)
• What are my bees doing?
o Understanding what is wrong, what is good, are my bees healthy? All will be covered
Assignment #5

Class #7: June 9th
• Talking about dearth, feeding 50%
• Issues that might happen with Formic treatment 30%
• Honey harvest dos and don’t
• Q&A 10%
Assignment #6

Class #8: August 11th
• Winterizing 50%
• What are the bees and the mites doing this time of year? 20%
• Q&A 10%
• Talking about want was learned outside of class 20%
Assignment #7

Writing Assignment
This wouldn’t be a paper or really anything long rather a demonstration that the student and write an informed social media post about bees and beekeeping. Or even to demonstrate that they can be a good and productive commenter to social media posts.
Final exam
There are many beekeepers willing, through the NJBA and other organization, to answer the questions of a curious beekeeper, but they are often frustrated with questions that could have simply googled. This test is for you demonstrate that you can answer the easy ones using the internet on your own. The final will consist of a couple practical questions that require participants to search the internet to answers basic questions.


1: Draw a flow chart of the honey bee life cycle and at a minimum include the terms: Virgin Queen, Drone, Mated queen and swarm.

2: What is an approved varroa treatment in the winter, summer, and fall without using the same one twice.

3: What are some things that you will have do before you bees arrive to be in compliant with the NJ regulations? What equipment do you have? Want equipment do you need?

4: Day one, Week 2, week 3, and Week 4 what is you plan, what is your goal, when you do into your hives?

5: Take a photo of a healthy frame (or a not healthy frame) of brood from your hive and write want you are looking at as if you are posting it on Facebook for all your none beekeeper friends and family to educated and to brag about your awesome new hobby.

OR draw with different colors representing where worker brood, drone brood, pollen, and honey would be put onto the frames from when you have a drone layer, a health queen, a queen with a spotty pattern, and laying workers.

6: Post the weather forecast into the HarBee Beekeeping Beginners Facebook group a screen shot of the weather forecast when the weather forecast looks like you will be able to treat with formic in your area. OR send this photo to Pat by email or text and we will call you for a short chat as to if that is a good idea.

7: A Varroa mite reduces the life of a induvial bee’s live by 20 to 80%. Why is knowing that fact important to explaining why a colony with a large winter cluster turned into a small cluster and died of starvation 2 inches from honey in a cool snape in February.

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